Greetings to the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, angels and saints in Christ. Yesterday I wrote on the methodology of spiritual warfare as revealed in the book of Daniel and emphasized that demonic strongholds are merciless in the manner in which they take dominion. The elders of the body of Christ must therefore be equally skilled and even greater in power in order to cast down the powers of darkness. Today, I would like to examine the implications of Daniel’s visions of chapters 8 – 10.

DANIEL 8

Daniel saw a vision during the THIRD year of the reign of Belshazzar, King of Babylonian/Chaldea (Dan 8: 1). In this vision, a ram with two horns pushed its way to the west, north and south, taking dominion of other beasts and overpowering them. The ram therefore became powerful and great in the earth (Dan 8: 4). Gabriel, one of the Lord’s chief princes, told Daniel that this ram represented the kings of Media and Persia. However, Daniel also saw a goat in the vision which came swiftly from the west. This goat had one notable (conspicuous) horn between his eyes (Dan 8: 5). The goat with the single horn ran unto the ram “in the fury of his power” (Dan 8: 6). His anger was so great that “smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand. Therefore the he goat waxed very great (Dan 8: 7, 8). Gabriel told Daniel that the goat represented the King of Grecia.

FULFILLMENT OF THE VISION

Daniel’s vision was significant in that God told King Belshazzar of Babylon that He had divided his kingdom and given it to the Medes and Persians (Dan 5: 28). Later that night, Darius the Mede overthrew Belshazzar, killed him and took the kingdom (Dan 5: 31). I would like us to understand that I am not attempting to write from a historical perspective because God told me that His aim in the book of Daniel was to establish prophetic rather than historical order. This is why He had Daniel write the book in an apparently haphazard order without attention to the historical sequence of events. The division of the kingdom to the Persians came later in the time line when Cyrus king of Persia took the kingdom from Darius the Mede (Dan 6: 28). Daniel did not even attempt to explain the historical events leading to the overthrow, simply because God was concerned not with their prowess, but with being worshipped by these kings. Belshazzar was deposed because of his blatant disrespect for God. God was continually revealing His greatness and might to all of these kings through His servant Prophet Daniel. Remember Nebuchadnezzar’s humiliating experience of chapter 4.

DANIEL 9

During the first year of the reign of Darius the Mede, Daniel read the prophesies of Jeremiah and understood that the Jerusalem had to accomplish 70 years of desolation because of the sins of the people. He therefore set himself to intercede for Lord to show mercy and to forgive the sins of the people, “by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes” (Dan 9: 3). No Jew wanted to spend 70 years in captivity. As he prayed, Angel Gabriel flew swiftly to him and gave the “skill and understanding” regarding Jeremiah’s prophecy. I am not sure if he saw Chief Angel Gabriel live and direct this time, but we see the role of the angel in teaching and confirming the prophetic word. Furthermore, the prophecy was so important that the Lord sent one of His chief princes to the man who was greatly beloved in the heavenlies. This is the kind of relationship with the heavenlies that God wants His elders to attain today.

DANIEL 10

Daniel had another vision during the THIRD year of Cyrus king of Persia (Dan 10: 1). Cyrus was symbolized in his previous vision as the ram of chapter 8 which would take the kingdom from the Babylonians and the Medes. Daniel understood the vision and was in mourning or fasting for three full weeks as a result (Dan 10: 2, 3). On the 24th day of the month, he had a vision in which a mighty angel appeared to him in order to help him to understand the events that would befall the Jews in the end of times. The angel said that God had sent him to Daniel from the first day that he “didst set thine (his) heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words” (Dan 10: 12). Daniel was greatly beloved in the heavens by the Lord and by His angels and God responded to his cry by sending the ministering spirit to his aid. Oh elders! How do we rank on the list of God’s beloved. He has beloved people (all of the saints), but some saints are greatly beloved. Are less concerned about your ranking in the heavenlies and more concerned about your earthly rankings? Do you have the chiefs and other mighty angels rushing to your assistance?

THE KINGS IN DANIEL’S VISIONS REPRESENTED DEMONIC STRONGHOLDS

The angel then told Daniel something very interesting about his journey to Daniel, who was a captive in Babylon. He said that he had left heaven since day one of Daniel’s intercession, “but the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia” (Dan 10: 13). Now wasn’t Cyrus the king of Persia? What on earth is the angel talking about? He was talking about the demonic stronghold of hell that exerted rule over Babylon. After the death of Belshazzar, the ruling demonic stronghold over ancient Babylon was cast down, stamped down and run over by the demonic strongholds of Mede then Persia. Furthermore, the angel revealed to Daniel that hell was about to send another demonic stronghold to take over the area. Why? Hell had now seen that God was taking an active role in the affairs of Babylon through Daniel’s intercessions. He actively became involve by sending an answer to Daniel’s intercession and by mocking the power base of the demonic stronghold of Persia. This was accomplished by the release of the Chief Prince Michael. Whenever heaven releases the Chief Princes, you can bet your bottom dollar that there is a serious stronghold to be dealt with. The saints therefore need to pray to gain the assistance of the best of heaven’s power base. However, we need to know that satan will try to reinforce lost territory with a stronger power base and that we can never stop praying.

The angel’s revelation also tell us that satan rules over a well organized kingdom of demons. The ruling spirit was called the “prince of the kingdom of Persia”. As the angel of the Lord resisted the prince of the kingdom of Persia, other ruling demons in the kingdom, who the angel called the “kings of Persia”, came to assist the king of Persia. This is the reason why the angel’s assignment was delayed for 21 days. The warfare in which he was involved was violent and severe, with demons trying to rush at him, leap on him, cast and tread him down. Did not Daniel see the violent conduct of these kings in the vision of chapter 8? However, God also has a well organized kingdom of angels with Ruling or Chief Princes like Michael and Gabriel heading up His forces. This angel needed the assistance of one of the chief Princes, Michael, to over throw the power base of the prince and the kings of Persia. I believe that Michael’s angels were with him as in Rev 12: 7. This is Michael’s area of expertise. Wonderful angel!

DEMONIC STRONGHOLDS RESIST ANGELIC ACTIVITY

This is a truth that we learn from scripture and need to pay attention to. Some demonic strongholds will only be deposed with the release of the Lord’s Chief Princes and their angels. That is why the body of Christ needs to attain the place in God where believers and more importantly, our elders are people who are greatly beloved in the heavens. If people are promoted in the church on the basis of longevity in the church or by other foolish criteria, the forces of hell will make havoc of the sheep, of our families and nations. Demons do not give up easily when their power base is threatened and the hosts of heaven do war with our assistance. Daniel described at least two to three angels in the vision of chapter 10. One of them was “a certain man” (10:5), “one like the similitude of the sons of men” (10: 16) and “one like the appearance of a man” (10: 18). The latter two descriptions suggest that he saw them in the spirit form. Scriptures call the angels “ministering spirits” (Ps 104: 4; Heb 1: 14). We can deduce here that Michael and other angels had indeed come to assist the original messenger by the appearance of several angels. Be comforted, you are not alone in your tribulations.

DON’T STOP PRAYING, MORE POWERFUL DEMONIC FORCES ARE RELEASED TO COUNTERACT GOD’S PURPOSE IN THE EARTH

I am not sure who was the angel of Dan 10: 18- 21, but he must have been a Chief Prince by his indication that he had to fight the prince of Persia – “Do you know why I have come to you? Soon I will return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I go, the prince of Greece will come”. Furthermore, Daniel addressed him as “my lord”, a title indicating that he was a ruler. This Chief indicated that he was returning to heaven and had to fight with the prince of Persia on his journey back. Why? The prince of Persia was angry and wanted revenge. The battle had already been lost, but remember the description in chapter 8 as a violent spirit. No one with that personality gives up easily in any war. I got the impression when I read this verse last year that this was the Chief Angel Gabriel, since he said that “I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth and none holdeth with me in these things but Michael your prince” (10: 21). I interpreted this verse to mean that this Chief Angel was going to share truth that only he and Michael were privy to. Michael and Gabriel were the two angels standing in the presence of the Lord and this tells us that all angels do not have all of the secrets of heaven in their possession. This is because of the principle of proximity to God.

One last critical point is that the angel said that the Prince of Grecia would be sent by satan to remove the prince of Persia for failing in the attack as well as to step up resistance to Daniel’s prayers. This is why we must pray without ceasing.

ELDERS HAVE A CHIEF PRINCE ASSIGNED TO THEM

Sure, Daniel was an elder. This truth stares blatantly out of the book. He was given the high honor of having the Chief Prince Gabriel being the one to bring him spiritual understanding of dreams, visions and scriptural truth as in the case of receiving understanding of Jeremiah’s prophecies. We will remember Gabriel’s role on the high level assignment of informing Mary about her impending pregnancy with the Lord. Furthermore, the angel told him in verse 21 that Michael was his Prince. I am assuming that the angel speaking was Chief Prince Gabriel because of the nature of the content. In other words, Gabriel, functioning in the role of International Diplomat, was the carrier of the news that Michael knew the content and importance of. Why were these chief Princes assigned to Daniel? He was the forerunner of the release of the Jews from captivity in Babylon, since it was during the reign of the same Cyrus of Persia that Ezra gained permission to return to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. What king would let captives return to their native land to rebuild a temple in the name of a God that he himself did not serve? This is the reason why the demonic strongholds would resist the angels’ return in anger and consternation. Once the God of heaven was magnified in Jerusalem, it would become a major obstacle to the function of the kingdom of hell.

I think that I should end now. This article took me an hour and a half, an indication of its importance to the Lord. May God bless and challenge the church through this writing to grow up in Christ so that we may accomplish the purpose for which He has placed us in the earth. I am not finished with this topic, but when I come back I will talk about the significance of the war in Iraq based on revelation the Lord gave to me regarding the nature of the demonic strongholds as well as new understanding about the historical significance of Babylon, Mede and Persia. Blessings until!

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